On June 15, 2015 Alberta’s new Premier Rachel Notley outlined her government’s agenda for the next session of the Alberta legislature in the Speech from the Throne. Following a historic victory last month, the new NDP government took office on May 24th and has now announced its legislative agenda for the next session of the Legislature.

In the Throne Speech, the Alberta government announced that it will be introducing three pieces of legislation in this spring session:

  • A bill banning union and corporate campaign donations;
  • A bill reintroducing a progressive income tax structure and raising corporate taxes from 10 to 12 percent; and
  • An interim supply bill funding government programs until a full budget is introduced and passed this fall.

A new budget and new legislative program will be developed over the summer and presented when the Legislature resumes sitting in the Fall.

The Throne Speech also mentioned that the government will ensure that all Albertans are paid fairly at work – including those earning minimum wage. This is a reference to the current consultation underway regarding the government’s promise of raising the minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2018.

RCC attended the government’s stakeholder consultation meeting with Premier Notley and Minister Lori Sigurdson on June 11 and has provided a written submission to the Minister of Jobs, Skills, Training, and Labour outlining our members’ perspective on future changes to Alberta’s minimum wage.

The 2015 Alberta Throne Speech can be found here.

Retail Council of Canada has requested meetings with Premier Notley and her newly elected team and will be working with government officials over the summer as the new government prepares its first budget and legislative agenda.

If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact: Lanny McInnes, Director, Government Relations (Prairies) at: [email protected] or 204-253-1654